If you’re like many people, you may think BOTOX is only for facial aesthetics—a way to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. But BOTOX has been long used (and approved) in other areas, including aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Yoav Taub, DDS is our BOTOX dentist in Beachwood, OH, and he uses it regularly at Beachwood Smiles—both for facial aesthetics and to curb bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).
BOTOX in Beachwood, OH
Dentists are maxillofacial experts, which means they can treat areas outside the mouth, including fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX injections are ideal for this because they are long-lasting and minimally invasive.
BOTOX also works to curb your nighttime bruxism habit, which is crucial to your dental health and well-being. In fact, without treatment, bruxism can mean tooth breakage, tooth loss, cavities, and even dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint.
Symptoms of bruxism may include:
- A boxy or tight jaw
- Neck, head, ear, and shoulder pain
- Worn or damaged teeth
TMJ can lessen your quality of life, causing daily pain, making chewing a chore, and even causing aches in the neck, shoulders, and ears. In severe cases—left untreated—TMJ can mean surgery.
TMJ symptoms include:
- Pain similar to bruxism
- Clicking sound in the jaw joint when yawning
- Difficulty chewing food
- Locking jaw joint
How BOTOX Is Administered
Your dentist relies on skill and image-guided technology to deliver BOTOX accurately. It is administered through a whisper-thin needle that feels more like a quick sting than an injection. As a result, many patients don’t even feel the penetration.
Afterward, you may notice mild bruising and minor soreness. These symptoms clear up quickly and can be treated for a day or two with over-the-counter pain relievers.